Course Work- Blueprints for a Novel

Your story matters. Let's get drafting.

In the Drafting Workshop, you'll join a group of creative writers who are committed and passionate about their writing, just like you.

Whether you're working on a major project, such as a novel, or completing shorter creative challenges, if you're drafting your way onward, the Drafting Workshop is for you!

Set personal goals, track your progress, get inspired, connect with like-minded peers, and ultimately, write more.

Our summer term is now closed for registration. We open again in mid-September for our fall term.  

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Who's the Drafting Workshop for?

Creative youth who want to write more, stretch their writing skills, and connect with peers who also love playing with words and shaping stories.

What happens in the Drafting Workshop?

Every month in the drafting workshop, you'll... 

  • Choose your project and draft with courage and commitment, at a pace that fits your life and creative style.
  • Set a personal goal and track your progress. Your Inklings mentors will review your updates respond just to you!
  • Brainstorm ideas and chat about writing craft with your peers, your youth counselors, and your Inklings mentors in our facilitated discussion space.
  • Participate in Drafting Workshop activities, including a monthly writing challenge, author interview, and some quick skill-building activities that you can either attend live or watch after the fact.  

Here's what some of our Inklings have to say about the Drafting Workshop:

“The Drafting Workshop is fun because you get to work together and you get to connect with a counselor. I liked the 'What’s the Worst Thing that Could Happen?' Challenge. I opened up the discussion and saw what other people thought, and I could grab a bit of one and a bit of another, and add my own ideas until I found something for my own story that I could use. It was also helpful to set a goal and milestones.” - Victoria, 9 years old  

“Before I started the Drafting Workshop, when I sat down to write, I often had a hard time knowing where to start. When I joined, the challenges helped me find a structure for my writing. Now, I have new goals to accomplish when I sit down to write.” - Ainsley, 14 years old  

“For a long time I’d been wanting to write more. The Drafting Workshop community encouraged me to stick with my writing.” - Selby, 10 years old  

What else should I know?

We are now closed for registration and will reopen in mid-September for our fall term.

The Drafting Workshop runs in terms of 3-4 months and costs $75 a month, paid all at once.

Enrollment opens and closes so that students can build writerly camaraderie with one another throughout the term in a familiar, safe, and encouraging space.